Hey, I've got that stock 1994 Custom 72 CIJ Telcaster. I've done all the required adjustments as far as playability and pickups (height, pole pieces). It has a deep ballsy yet twangy tone with both pickup engaged (bridge with tone and volume slightly rolled off, otherwise it's kind of harsh).
Here are the current shortcomings I'd like to address :
- Humbucker tone pot works like an on/off thing : 0-1 = treble off, 2-10 = full on
- With both pickups engaged, each volume pot mutes both pickups when rolled off to zero.
Again, I kind of like the combination of the ceramic japanese wide range pickup and the stock bridge pickup.
I'd consider changing these if it would really bring the guitar to a whole new level.
Pots are 500k for the HB and 250k for the SC.
It seems to me that rewiring the volume pots and upgrading the humbuckers tone pot should improve the tone and general versatility of this Tele.
I have considered splitting the humbucker but my purpose is not to make this axe mimic the tone of a standard Tele (I already have a regular Tele).
Any thoughts about cheap and effective upgrades? Thanks for reading.